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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over...
Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always Dependable

While I may not make it to the Sea Ranch each visit to SPI, I try! The freshness of the fish and the professionalism of the servers can always be counted on for an enjoyable meal. I find their seafood soup with its light broth to be outstanding!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
410Kathy
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Hunt, Texas
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Hunt, Texas
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

While I may not make it to the Sea Ranch each visit to SPI, I try! The freshness of the fish and the professionalism of the servers can always be counted on for an enjoyable meal. I find their seafood soup with its light broth to be outstanding!

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Was expecting a little more after reading the reviews. Pricey and the food/ambiance was ok for the price. Very dark inside. The ceiling vent dripped on me a couple times during our meal. Waitress did apologize and said they are remodeling. Our waitress was friendly/attentive. Having a tablecloth and cloth napkins were nice. Hubby had pirate dan's - thought it... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I apologize that we weren't able to wow you and your husband more when you came in -- we certainly always strive to give everyone a great meal in a warm and inviting setting. I'm surprised about the overall impression that the food left you with, as the seafood we serve is fresh right from the coast -- everything that... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Got here at 9pm on a Friday - the staff was friendly and seated us right away. We ordered the escargot for an appetizer, and I had the mussels for my main course while my daughter had the seafood alfredo. The service was prompt, almost too prompt as our main courses arrived while we were still eating our appetizer. But... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Deborah, I'm glad that you had a positive experience here -- knowing that you were greeted by a friendly and attentive group of people always makes my day! I was a little surprised to read about the impression that our food left you with, as we get our ingredients very fresh and local. Still, I'm happy your visit here was... More 

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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The place is really nice inside, not run down at all. We came for dinner at about 8 because we made reservations. They had a great wine selection. I got the king crab legs, they were pretty plain. It was a lot of food and came with drawn butter and 2 sides and a soup or a salad. The gratin... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so glad to hear about the good time that you had with us. It's certainly hard to hear that you found the crab legs to be lacking some flavor. All of our seafood is brought in fresh right from the coast, so if you ever have something here that is not absolutely amazing please feel free to let us... More 

Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful view and meal. Perfect evening out on SPI. Service and food both top notch. Our waiter's recommendation was spot on and delicious. If possible get a table upstairs next to a window

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Hublow, I'm so pleased to know that your experience here was such a great one! It's especially nice to see that your waiter took such good care of you all -- I'm glad the recommendation was such a hit! We all really appreciate you coming by, and I hope we get the chance to see you again! All the best,... More 

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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is an excellent sea food resturant, a great atmosphere with fantastic food and a freindly wait staff. One of my favorites.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It's an honor for you to consider us one of your favorites! You always deserve tasty food and great service when you're here, and I look forward to having you back again! All the very best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Shawn the general manager is always friendly. My business partner takes us here every time we visit. Fantastic appetizers and fresh fish always. Seems to be the place to eat on the island

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Brian, it's an honor that we could become a go-to place during your visits -- please feel free to also pass on a big thanks to your business partner! Knowing that you're always given a great, fresh meal makes my day, and we all look forward to having you back again real soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Dallas, Texas
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Wait staff still excellent and very attentive. We miss the chilled salad plates and forks. Scalloped potatoes were a bit overdone and parmesan cheese was a little heavy. Entrees still excellent and prepared to perfection. We will keep this establishment on our places to go when in SPI, but with somewhat lowed expectations.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It's an honor to have you as a repeat customer! It especially makes my day to know that the service you receive continues to be as great as it always was, as that is exactly the level of service that you deserve every time. And while it's great to hear that you enjoyed the entrees so much, it's true that... More 

Amarillo, Texas
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Only been once - fall of 2014 - but heard they have since remodeled. Good staff, fairly good to very good cuisine (depending on what we ordered). The $10 artichoke dip was mediocre at best, almost no artichoke in it. But my Coconut Shrimp were very good. Great views, and a little more upscale than most places on the island.... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

The Coconut Shrimp is certainly one of my favorites here, so I'm pleased that you enjoyed them so much. You should always be greeted with a friendly staff and a tasty meal when you come here, and of course have the chance to soak in the view! Along with the extremely fresh seafood, we strive to have all of our... More 

Weatherford, Texas
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187 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Poor hostess. Excellent mixed drinks and very cold beer. Excellent service from Suzanne. Used good quality seafood but shrimp, scallops, fish on all 4 platters were tasteless - unbelievably bland. Scalloped and baked potatoes very good. Salads were poor for this level restaurant. Others have complained about prices but I thought prices would have been fair if the seafood had... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Joe, I'm disappointed to hear that you didn't have a better first impression of us. I'm surprised to hear that you felt the food lacked flavor, as our highly skilled kitchen staff is dedicated to bringing out great flavor to our incredibly fresh seafood. Still, I can assure you that your concerns have been heard, and I will do what... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-1314

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine

Description

Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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